Overcoming and Moving On
I have had a rough couple of weeks trying to get my "beautiful content" post published (Course 2, Lesson 6). I finally did it, but I am really technically challenged, apparently, so I just had to be patient and keep working until I figured out a solution to my problem. My niche is amazing art creations, and my problem was I couldn't figure out a way to post the images I wanted on my website. I wrote a post about a famous artist, and I wanted to use a photo of the artist and one of his paintings. I found these readily available on "We Heart It", a website that supposedly has free images. I have a lot of photos on my website, but I have taken all of them myself, with my iPhone. For my "beautiful content" post, I was trying to download images from the internet.
I never did figure out how to transfer the images to my website, despite getting suggestions from several WA members who tried to help. I tried emailing the images to myself at 2 different email addresses. The emails never showed up in either inbox. I tried copying and pasting the images to my iPhoto app on my computer. That didn't work. I tried dragging them to my WA media library. Nothing worked. In the course of this exercise, I became involved in a copyright discussion here on WA that turned out to be very enlightening. I decided not to take chances, so I contacted the artist's foundation to see if I could get their permission to use the images. Of course, they refused. I was not surprised, because by this time, i was pretty sure the images were copyrighted and should not have been posted to "We Heart It" in the first place. But I was disappointed that the foundation wouldn't allow me to use the images because then my "beautiful content" really would have been beautiful.
Finally, I found some clip art that I was able to download to my computer, and then post on my website, with the help of my media library. So my "beautiful content" post isn't as exciting as I had hoped it would be, but it is finished now and published, and I can finally move on. This feels like such a victory that I am making this a Success Post. The success is that I am finally able to move on to the next lesson, even though my "beautiful post" didn't turn out the way I originally envisioned. If you would like to check it out, here is the link: http://amazingartcreations.com/robert-rauschenberg-estate. I would welcome your input.